Autism Friendly Discovery Cube OC
Autism Friendly Discovery Cube OC
You may have seen some of my posts from the Discovery Cube from time to time for some of their special events. For children with Autism, it's a great place to help with several areas they tend to struggle with all while playing and learning! We have been visiting now for over 3 years and my 9 year old still loves it there. With their annual events and new exhibits added throughout the year, it always offers new and exciting opportunities for learning between their three campuses. I've got a family four pack of tickets up for grabs and info on the new exhibit coming this month too.
Just a few of the fun Sensory exhibits:
- Shake Shack is a simulator mimicking an earthquake via the movements it creates.
- The Wind Tunnel creates a whirlwind of air like those of a hurricane.
- Cloud Ring allows guests to create and launch cloud rings high into the air.
- Rock wall builds confidence and helps with problem solving.
- Pin Wall is the ultimate sensory with the sensation of its impressions.
Problem solving, sequencing and team work:
- Discovery Market: choose your list and find the clues that lead you to the products
- Race to Recycle: fast hands and thinking to sort and recognize the differences in this fun game against each other and the clock
- Dino Quest: use the clues as a team to track dinosaurs while learning about them within this highly interactive area of the Cube.
Did you know the Discovery Cube offers yearly passes? Their Family membership is a steal of a deal at $99! It is valid at all three campus and is good for up to 2 adults and 4 children residing at the same residence. That's almost the cost of just one visit for a family of 6 and getting the rest of the year for free. Plus as a member you get these benifits:
- Unlimited admission* for one full year! No blackout dates!
- Invitations to members-only events & previews
- Priority registration and discounts on Camp Discovery and other fun activities
- FREE or discounted admission to over 300 other ASTC Science Centers around the world
- Subscription to their monthly e-newsletter and Discoveries Magazine
- 10% off Science Store & Bean Sprouts purchases**
- $10 discounted admission tickets for your guests (4 per visit)
- Discounts on 4-D Discovery Theater tickets
For families of Nuro typical children, this deal is a no brainer. For those with kiddos on the spectrum it's an amazing resource set under one roof. I would look into an annual pass if your child is a. Currently doing ABA, b. recently completed ABA or c. is ready for social skills help and has the basics. Kids really love the museum and they are always changing out exhibits in addition to their fixed ones. It's also a great reward to work towards offering countless opportunity to work in many areas our kids on the spectrum need help with. Best part, you can spend as little or as much time within the Cube and not have to worry about trying to fit it all in on one visit or rotate between the different locations depending on what's best for you. The LA and OC campuses are similar but do offer a few different exhibits.
Tips on visiting with a child on the spectrum. Bring noise cancelling headphones, especially for the outdoor areas if your child has auditory processing issues. Try to arrive right at opening or during the week to avoid the bigger crowds, mid day and weekends are the busiest. Prime before and let your kids know how much time they have to spend at the cube. There is a very cool gift shop before exiting with lots of educational books, games and toys so keep that in mind if you need a transitioning reward.
This groundbreaking exhibition celebrates the power of innovation to make dreams take flight! The traveling aerospace exhibition, sponsored by Boeing in commemoration of Boeing’s 100thanniversary in 2016, features: immersive simulations, interactive design challenges, iconic historical touchstones, visionary concepts for the future, and inspiring stories from game-changing innovators, past and present. Design – and test-fly – your own supersonic jet. Pilot a drone into the eye of a hurricane to measure nature’s fury. Spread your wings and experience flight as a bird or a futuristic wing-flapping aircraft. Or take an elevator ride to the edge of space!